Prostate Cancer is a serious topic. But, today, I want to share with you something that made me smile. I went to the doctor last week and, while waiting for him to finish chit chatting with the nursing staff, I noticed something on the wall that was interesting and helpful: A Prostate Cancer Decision Tree Process Map.
We’ve analyzed other process maps in the wild. We did one a few months ago on whether we should get a wet and dry vacuum.
I’m in my late 30’s, so I don’t think I need to worry about getting my prostate checked – yet. But, rest assured, when my time comes, I’m sure my wife will be very diligent in making me get my prostate checked.
Here’s the Prostate Cancer Decision Tree.
In case it’s difficult to read, let me walk through the decision tree with you.
- Are you having urinary symptoms?
- If Yes, urinary symptoms can be caused by a number of things, including prostate cancer. Talk to your health care provider about your symptoms.
- If No, Are you African American? Or, did your grandfather, father, uncle, brother, son have prostrate cancer?
- If Yes, talk to your healthcare provider about getting your prostate checked.
- If No, how old are you?
- Under 40? The American Urological Association recommends against prostate cancer screening in men under 40 years.
- 40-54? In general, routine prostrate cancer testing is not recommended. However, if you have concerns about your urinary health, see a doctor.
- Age 70+? Are you in excellent health?
- If Yes, talk to your doctor.
- If No, if you have a life expectancy of 10 years left, then don’t get your prostate checked.
I think a simple decision tree like this is helpful to educate men regarding a common form of cancer for men in their older ages. Men, who are by and large, predisposed to analytical thinking, a tool like this can help beef up their egos while at the same time get educated on their prostate health. Smart.